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Helping students grow strong in Jesus

On May 5, we celebrated Children’s Day, a Japanese national holiday. As part of the celebration, people flew carp streamers (see 34-second video). Why fly carp streamers? Because Japanese parents want their children to grow strong—just like carp.

At OCSI, we want children to grow strong, and we want them to grow strong in Jesus. To help children who attend OCSI grow strong in the Lord, OCSI provides role models, Bible class, chapels, and biblically integrated instruction.

Please keep praying for God’s work in Japan:

Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan!

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
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Superintendent

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May 16th, 2018|

Thanks for praying

We’re doing well—hope you are, too!

  • Third quarter finished well—accreditation is done, budgeting is done, and parent-teacher conferences are done!
  • Students and staff enjoyed spring break last week.
  • Fourth quarter got off to a good start on Monday!

To learn more about good things that are happening at OCSI, check us out our blog and on Facebook.

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Please continue to pray for God’s work in Japan:

  • Praise God for Easter baptisms, including the baptism of an OCSI student.
  • Ask God to provide a secondary principal, bus drivers, bus monitors, a transportation manager, a facilities/maintenance assistants, and substitute teachers.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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Superintendent

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April 11th, 2018|

Please continue to pray

Take a 4-minute trip to Okinawa, Japan!

Please continue to pray for God’s work in Japan:

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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Superintendent

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March 7th, 2018|

Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Okinawa

Through daily devotions, we’ve been encouraging our students to focus on others first. To put this into action, our students were involved in service projects:

  • Ministering to homeless people by providing food and fellowship.
  • Using the arts (drama, music, art, and dance) to present the Gospel at 5 different locations.
  • Cleaning up local beaches and a local zoo.
  • Supporting the outreach of a church in Saipan.
  • Visiting several nursing homes, where they met the residents and played games with them.
  • Doing odd jobs for 2 churches.

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Please continue to pray for God’s work in Okinawa, Japan:

  • Praise God for providing opportunities for students to use their learning to serve others.
  • Praise God for providing an elementary teacher for next year.
  • Ask God to provide 3 bus drivers and 5 bus monitors.
  • Ask God for the health, energy, and wisdom staff need as they serve at OCSI.

Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Okinawa, Japan!

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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February 16th, 2018|

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January 12th, 2018|

Please continue to pray for Japan

What do Japanese like to do over the holidays? Some like to see light shows, go shopping, and eat KFC. My wife and I like to watch White Christmas, sing carols, and eat cookies. How about you? What do you like to do at Christmas?

One of the things we like about Christmas in Japan is that it is a good opportunity to share the good news of Jesus. OCSI’s Christmas programs on November 30 and December 6 shared the real meaning of Christmas. Please ask God to use Christmas events to reach Japan for Jesus.

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Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
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December 7th, 2017|

Good things are happening at OCSI

Good things are happening at OCSI, including:

  • 1st grade artists exploring the concept of symmetry through portrait drawing.
  • 4th and 5th grade students thinking deeply about purpose and values in Bible class.
  • 7th grade scientists considering the question, “How are these molecules the same and different?”
  • 11th grade AP English students constructing argument essays, having researched both sides of their chosen issue.
To learn more, check out these blogs:
Please continue to pray for God’s work in Japan:
  • Ask God to help each student to think from a Biblical perspective.
  • Ask God for increased student involvement in church.
  • Ask God to provide a full staff for next school year.

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Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
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November 8th, 2017|

We want more and more people to know Jesus

In Japan, few know Jesus. So it’s exciting to hear the testimony of a fellow Christian. Check out the video!

OCSI, we want our students to know Jesus. So…

  • We provide Christian teachers, Bible class and chapel, and biblical integration across the curriculum.
  • We focus on helping students understand God/His world and to think Biblically.

And God is blessing His work! For example, a student (who last year shared that he wasn’t a Christian) now shares that God plays a role in our world. And 2 students recently accepted Jesus into their hearts.

Thanks for praying:

  • Praise God for providing a middle school math/science teacher.
  • Praise God that parents are attending a Bible study on parenting.
  • Ask God to provide a bus driver.
Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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P.S. Meet our elementary staff!
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October 11th, 2017|

Good things are happening at OCSI

Good things are happening at OCSI:
  • We started classes on August 22 with 410 students. Our goal is to equip our student to walk with God and impact the world for Him.
  • Students are learning about God, His world, and their place in it. For example, students are grappling with things like personal connections with Bible verses, the relationship between mass and volume, and how absolute and relative location help us understand the world.
  • Keep Each Other Safe LogoTeachers are helping students increase their understanding by asking open-ended questions, helping students master key vocabulary words, and providing students with feedback.
  • Through our Keep Each Other Safe Program, we are helping students understand the importance of speaking the truth in love and respecting each other as God’s image bearers.

To learn more, check out these blogs entries:

Thanks for praying for OCSI:

  • Praise God for working in the hearts of our students. One student recently shared about becoming a Christian!
  • Ask God to use the parent Bible study that starts on October 6 to help parents understand Biblical parenting.
  • Ask God to provide staff.
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Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
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September 8th, 2017|

Pray for OCSI

Being safe—it’s something everyone wants. And we all have many ways we work to keep ourselves and our loved ones as safe as possible: homeowner’s insurance, fire alarms, retirement investments, seatbelts, and shisa. Wait—shisa? What are shisa?

Shisa are mythical creatures somewhere between a dog and a lion, recognizable by their curly manes. They represent Okinawans’ desire for safety, as they are supposed to guard the place they are posted. As I walk around my neighborhood, I see them everywhere—on rooftops, gateposts, and vending machines; in front of the Starbucks and the gas station; and on terra-cotta tiles adorning the entry to the local elementary school and the local fishing port.

My neighbors worry about the usual threats to safety—and a few more: tsunamis, earthquakes, and typhoons. In my neighborhood, there are signs pointing to tsunami evacuation routes and signs designating emergency shelters.

Keep Each Other Safe LogoAt OCSI, we want our students to be safe physically. So, for example, we have earthquake drills, where everyone shelters under a desk or a table to protect their head from falling objects. We have typhoon procedures to close school and to secure the campus against the strong wind and heavy rain.

We also want our students to be safe spiritually—to find shelter in Jesus. In a country where less than 1% know Jesus, we have the opportunity to teach our students not only math and English, but also how to find spiritual safety!

Please continue to pray for OCSI:

  • Ask God to work in the hearts of our over 400 K-12 students. Ask God to keep them safe in Jesus.
  • Praise God that new staff are making a good transition to OCSI.

Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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August 3rd, 2017|